S. 631: Healthy Families Act

Introduced:
Mar 20, 2013
Status:
Referred to Committee
Prognosis
2% chance of being enacted
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Sponsor
Thomas “Tom” Harkin
Junior Senator from Iowa
Party
Democrat
Text
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Last Updated
Mar 20, 2013
Length
49 pages
Related Bills
S. 984 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 12, 2011

H.R. 1286 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 20, 2013

 
Status

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on March 20, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Progress
Introduced Mar 20, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 20, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

14% chance of getting past committee.
2% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

 
Full Title

A bill to allow Americans to earn paid sick time so that they can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.

Summary

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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.


3/20/2013--Introduced.
Healthy Families Act - Requires certain employers, who employ 15 or more employees for each working day during 20 or more workweeks a year, to permit each employee to earn at least 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.
Declares that an employer shall not be required to permit an employee to earn more than 56 hours of paid sick time in a calendar year, unless the employer chooses to set a higher limit.
Allows employees to use such time to: (1) meet their own medical needs; (2) care for the medical needs of certain family members (including a domestic partner or the domestic partner's parent or child); or (3) seek medical attention, assist a related person, take legal action, or engage in other specified activities relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Prohibits an employer from interfering with an employee's exercise of such rights.
Directs the Secretary of Labor to exercise certain investigative and enforcement authority for employees covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 or the Government Employee Rights Act of 1991. Grants the same authority, for employees under their jurisdiction, to the Librarian of Congress, the Comptroller General (GAO), the Board of Directors of the congressional Office of Compliance, and the Merit Systems Protection Board.
Authorizes civil actions by employees, individuals, or their representatives for damages or equitable relief against employers who violate this Act.
Waives a state's sovereign immunity with respect to a suit brought by an employee of a federally-assisted state program or activity for relief authorized under this Act.
Requires the Commissioner of Labor Statistics to annually compile information on paid sick time and the Comptroller General to study related matters.
Declares that nothing in this Act shall be construed to discourage employers from adopting or retaining more generous leave policies.

House Republican Conference Summary

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